Yesterday after constantly checking weather forecasts I managed to find a few hours of sunshine and took another trip out to the Dryandra Woodlands.
I arrived just before noon and began painting straight away.
While painting I was lucky enough to take a few moments to get up close and personal with one of the locals - a busy little Echidna.
After following the little guy for a while as he searched for lunch I got back into the finishing touches of the mural.
The end of day was drawing near and at 5pm the mural was finished.
It was a pleasure to paint in such a unique and special place surrounded by friendly folk and acres and acres of bushland.
I want to say a massive thank to John the caretaker at the Lions Dryandra woodland Village for the great conversations and keeping me warm with cups of tea.
Lions Dryandra Woodland VillageTomingley Road, Dryandra
Western Australia 6311
Phone : (08) 9884 5231
Yesterday Gary and I ventured off to the Dryandra Woodlands at 5.30am to get there nice and early so he could possibly get some early morning fog shots.
We arrived around 7.30am and waited around for John the caretaker to show me the wall surface I would be working on.
I took a few moments to have a look around and I was blown away by the amount of wildlife that was all around me. I had never been to a place like this before.
He gave me a great location directly opposite the reception office which would be seen by many.
The morning was very cold and damp which meant the paint dried a lot slower than I was used to.
John actually gave me a small portable heater to place in front of the wall to help the drying process.
Throughout the day Gary would return from photographing the surrounding wildlife to take progress shots of my mural.
The background colours took around 4 hours to dry and then I could begin on the bird.
After getting about 80% way through the bird it was soon obvious I was going to finish the mural that day.
We called it a day around 4pm and headed home.
The male Western Spinebill has a conspicuous white eyebrow and rufous collar that extends onto the throat and upper breast and is bordered by a white band both above and below. The lower breast has a black band. The back, tail and upperwings are all olive grey, like the crown, while the underbody, apart from the throat and breast, is cream coloured. The female is duller, without the bold markings. The species’ most characteristic feature is its bill, which is slender and down-curved.
Often seen darting about on whirring wings, the Western Spinebill inhabits the heathlands and woodlands of south-western Australia, especially where banksias are growing. They feed at all levels of the vegetation, probing flowers with their long beaks to extract the sweet nectar.
The Western Spinebill occurs only in south-western Australia, mainly in the area north to Eneabba and east to Israelite Bay.
Western Spinebills occur mainly in heathlands and woodlands, but occasionally in open eucalypt forests, especially where banksias are growing in the understorey.
Nectar is the main food of the Western Spinebill, obtained by probing flowers with its long, narrow beak. The species also takes insects, mostly caught while sallying in the air, or occasionally by pecking them from the surfaces of plants.
The nest of the Western Spinebill is small and cup-shaped, woven from grass and strips of bark. It is usually located among the foliage of a shrub or small tree, usually between 1 and 7 metres above the ground. The female usually incubates the one or two eggs, and both sexes feed the young birds.
All text and information provided by Birdlife Australia
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Tomorrow I will be tagging along with Gary to begin my first mural of the project.
Gary will be doing some photography while I paint the mural on an external wall at Lions Dryandra Woodland Village.
Gary took the photo of the male Western Spinebill approximately 500m away from the village so this will be the perfect location for the mural.
Lions Dryandra Woodland Village
Tomingley Road, Dryandra
Western Australia 6311
Special Birds of the Region
Almost 550 species of birds have been recorded in Western Australia. 387 species have been recorded breeding. 17 species are endemic to Western Australia. These are Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo, Baudin's Black-Cockatoo, Western Corella, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Noisy Scrub-bird, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Black Grasswren, Western Bristlebird, Dusky Gerygone, Western Thornbill, Western Wattlebird, Kimberley Honeyeater, Western Spinebill, White-breasted Robin, Western Ground Parrot and Red-eared Firetail. Many other species have unique sub species in Western Australia such as Western Whipbird, Crested (Western) Shrike-tit and Lemon-bellied (Kimberley) Flycatcher.